Should I Get A Microsoft Laptop or Surface Tablet?

29th March 2021
Picture of a MicroSoft Surface Tablet

Microsoft Surface is a highly popular hardware range for business use. In 2020, the sales of Microsoft Surface devices topped US$2billion.

With long battery life, powerful processors, sleek designs, and a host of productivity apps, the collection is helping to make work more enjoyable and efficient.

The Microsoft Surface family has a selection of devices, including both laptops and 2 in 1 tablets, but which is better for your staff?

How Will Your Microsoft Surface Device Be Used?

Both the Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 and the 2 in 1 tablet/laptop devices, such as the Pro 7 are elegant pieces of equipment that function well in a business setting. Choosing the right device will very much depend on your industry and how your staff needs to utilise their hardware.

While both the pure laptop by Microsoft and devices, such as the Pro 7, Pro X, and Surface Go have many similar advantages in terms of performance, there are some key differences that will give users an edge depending on their setting.

Hybrid Working Vs Traditional Working

The core difference is flexibility of workstyle and portability.

The Microsoft Laptop 3 is a typical clamshell-style device. It is heavier than the 2 in 1 devices, with a wider display. It has a chunkier, more stable keyboard.

Whereas the Microsoft Pro 7, Pro X, Surface Go, and Surface Books are smaller, lighter, and have detachable keyboards, enabling them to morph seamlessly into a tablet.

The 2 in 1 devices have immense flexibility for working remotely or onsite. It is also much easier to whip out a Microsoft hybrid surface tablet on public transport, or in a crowded room, and get to work, compared to a heavy laptop. This means staff can work in virtually every environment with ease, thanks to the Pro, Go, and Book options in the Surface family.

However, the Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 has the greater processing power and is more stable for typing, even resting on a lap with its sturdy keyboard. If you’re planning long sessions typing at a desk, then the Surface laptop will be a clear choice.

For use in working different ways in any place, the tablet options are the winners, so think clearly about how staff in your sector work on a day-to-day basis.

The Surface Pro 7 is slightly cheaper than the Surface laptop 3, while the Pro X is the priciest.

Let’s look at some more key differences.

Battery Life

All boast impressive battery power making them excellent in remote working while not being tethered to a desk. However, the Surface laptop can run for up to 11.5 hours without charging. The Pro 7 comes in at 10.5, while the Pro X is the best at 13 hours.  

With such a long battery life and as functional as a tablet or laptop, the Pro X is superior for working when out and about on the move.

Design, Drawing and Graphics

Microsoft Surface tablet/laptop hybrids have specialist touch screen technology and the Surface pen. This allows easy and fluid drawing directly on the display. If your business involves staff doing intricate design or drawing then the Microsoft Surface tablet hybrids are designed for exactly that.


The laptop has a wider display, and the Surface Pro is 12.3 inches with a 2736 x 1827 “PixelSense” display with a 3:2 aspect ratio. The Surface Laptop has a 13.5-inch touch screen with 2256 x 1504 pixels.


Laptops by their nature are portable, yet with lightness, slim designs, and detachable keyboards, the Pro 7, Pro X, and Surface Go are hyper portable.


Within the Microsoft Surface family, the hybrid tablet/laptops are powerful compared to all previous tablets. They are on par with many standard laptops, yet are less powerful than the Surface Laptop in terms of processing. However, it is a great compromise if you’re looking for that versatility.


Both the Surface Laptop and the 2 in 1 devices have outstanding audio and cameras for communication and conferencing. However, the Pro 7, X, and Go have both rear side and front-facing camera. The laptop only has a front-facing camera.

The 2 in 1 devices are a much better choice if staff need to take photos when out on the go, but both are excellent for conferencing live chat.


With the LTE advanced connectivity, the Pro X offers the easiest route to connecting to the internet from anywhere.


Both the Surface Laptop and hybrid tablets are adaptable pieces of hardware for the modern office. Which is best for your team will depend upon your industry and their role.

For the ultimate portability, taking photos on the go and flexible usage, the 2 in 1 devices are the best option.

For traditional working and lots of typing, the laptop will be the right choice.